Folayang, Khan dispute vacant ONE lightweight title in Manila

first_imgEduard Folayang. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netA new ONE lightweight champion will be crowned not long after the title was vacated by Martin Nguyen several days ago.ONE chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong on Monday announced that Filipino MMA star Eduard Folayang and Singaporean knockout artist Amir Khan will dispute the belt at ONE: Conquest of Champions on November 23 at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’03:47PH’s Charly Suarez boxing lightweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The 23-year-old Khan, who has won eight of his last fights, eyes history for Singapore as he hopes to become the country’s first homegrown world champion in his first title fight.“Amir wants to become Singapore’s first homegrown World Champion in history, and stamp his legacy as the greatest Singaporean martial artist the world has ever seen.” said Sityodtong said of Khan, who beat Filipino Honorio Banario via submission earlier this month.Sityodtong also said whoever wins between Folayang and Khan will defend the lightweight strap against the victor of the Shinya Aoki and Ev Ting showdown at ONE: Kingdom of Heroes on Saturday in Bangkok, Thailand.“Barring any injuries or unforeseen circumstances, I fully expect the winner between Ev and Shinya to face the winner between Eduard and Amir in Tokyo.” Sityodtong said.  “Without a doubt, it is super exciting times for this incredibly stacked division. Hold your breath though. I am going to announce more explosive news soon. Stay tuned.”ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal PSC to ‘fast-track’ rehab of athletes’ dorms after death of wushu junior Daraliay MOST READ “I am excited to announce that Eduard ‘Landslide’ Folayang and Amir Khan will face each other for the ONE Lightweight World Championship on November 23 in Manila,” Sityodtong wrote on his Facebook account. “The stakes could not be any higher for both warriors in what will be the biggest fight of their careers.”The 33-year-old Folayang earned his shot to reclaim the crown he yielded when got knocked out cold in the second round by Nguyen in November last year after scoring a pair of impressive decision wins over previously undefeated Russian fighters Aziz Pahrudinov and Kharun Atlangeriev.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Eduard wants to reclaim his title and go down as the greatest Filipino martial artist in history.” Sityodtong said.But Folayang’s road back to the top will have to go through a dangerous foe in Khan. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

‘Drug Abuse Is a Security Problem’

first_imgBong County Senator Jewel Howard Taylor has said that drug abuse is a serious socio-economic and security problem that must be addressed with critical strategies.The Senator urged the DEA to put in place mechanisms to address the needs of thousands of young people whose lives have been destroyed by their dependence on drugs.“It is clear that Liberia’s transition from conflict and its search for lasting peace and stability is further hampered by this high rate of drug trafficking and usage. This situation is further exacerbated by the violence usually associated with these activities; the attending problems associated with addicts of deadly psychoactive substances; the possible increase and transfer of diseases from one user to another, such as HIV and AIDs; and the possible negative impact of huge assets derived from the illicit drug trade which could be used to influence political decisions against national interests and the possible destabilization of Governments,” Senator Taylor said.She said the situation remains critical to National development as studies continue to prove that: The funds from the drug trade is the highest source of funds being used for the spread of violence and illegal activities in most parts of the world including here in West Africa.“The study also proves that there is a direct linkage between school dropout rates and drug abuse, and those who are the world’s worst drug users are between the ages 16-35, thereby affecting a nation’s most useful population.Today, our national agenda of making Liberia a drug free nation has begun in earnest, by the adaptation of the relevant laws and commitment by all relevant stakeholders to use it vigorously,” she explained.In order for Liberia to become a drug free nation she said, “A new approach must be considered in order to adopt a balanced and effective program.“I am of the opinion that this approach should include some of the following: Adequate funding for robust war on drugs, the creation and implementation of an aggressive information, education and dissemination program which encourages drug prevention and usage by an ever growing population of young people,” Senator Taylor asserted.“Availability and implementation of a scientific-based prevention and treatment program for drugs user and addicts; the implementation of a community based advocacy program that informs the public, especially our young people of the debilitating effects of drug trafficking and abuse could also be some possible approaches,” she added.The Bong County Senator pointed out that many communities remain unsafe and at risk because drug related crimes and abuse amongst the youthful population between the ages 17 to 35 are probably the highest cause of death in this category.“We must do our best in linking our fight against drugs to ongoing international fights, but keeping in mind that with our small population and the high incidence of drug use and abuse, our fight must be greatest at home,” she said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more